We suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to in-form Beragh Swifts at Fountain Lane on Saturday. In truth, we can have no complaints about the scoreline in a game where we never really got going. It was Beragh who started brightly, and threatened early on when the impressive Stephen Browne hit the post from an acute angle. The hosts were enjoying more possession and forced several corners, but we were defending well so far. Beragh did come close when Browne struck a low drive from just outside the penalty area, but Sam McDonald made an excellent finger tip save to turn the shot around the post.
After a nervous opening, we eventually settled and began to create a few openings of our own. Robbie Little coming close after Matthew Woods had flicked the ball on, and Sam Lindsay went on a super run but just couldn’t get his shot away and was tackled at the last minute. Sean Keenan had a shot blocked and Andrew Reilly had a shot from 25 yards, but the keeper gathered easily. However, Beragh took the lead after 40 minutes just as we were really starting to grow into the contest. A long ball was superbly taken down by Browne and coolly slotted past McDonald, a goal made to look too easy as we were punished for allowing too much space and time on the ball. Kelvin McElroy had a great opprtunity just before half time when he burst in to the box, but again just couldn’t get his shot away on time.
The second half started much the same as the first, with Beragh on top, and it didn’t take long for them to double their advantage. Good link-up play between Maybin and Browne left Kris Hamilton with a simple tap in from inside the six yard box. A superb Reilly free kick nearly brought us back in to the game, but it effort cannoned of the bar with the keeper beaten. However, Beragh extended their lead when Browne headed home a Maybin cross.
In the latter stages we upped the tempo but were unable to penetrate a resolute Beragh defence. Sam Lindsay came close on a few occasions, firstly having a shot blocked, then testing the keeper with a right foot shot and then minutes later with a left foot shot after a determined run, but on both occasions the Beragh keeper made comfortable saves. Aaron Lindsay had a long range effort deflected but unfortunately went straight at the keeper, and Woods had a header from close range that again the keeper gathered easily.
Overall, a disappointing performance which was just a bit flat and we know we have to seriously raise our game ahead of a difficult run of fixtures starting with Strathroy Harps at Drumad this Saturday.